I, Tonya

I, Tonya

DVD - 2018
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Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a dark comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous and poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding's life and career in all of its unchecked—and checkered—glory.
Audience: Rated 14A
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, VVS Films,, 2018
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA I
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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May 20, 2019

If I could give this film zero stars I would because 1/2 seems way too generous. Had I known this was a 'documentary-style' film I probably would have turned it off a lot sooner than I did but I'd been curious about it since its release. The swearing (and OMG, it was like every other word) was a huge turn off and it wasn't hard to see why this is Rated R, but the acting (or lack of it) was atrocious... all of it. I was reminded yet again why I cannot stand Allison Janney and although if her role was true to the real life person, she did an excellent job because I wanted to smack her so hard. The woman who portrayed Tonya Harding looked WAY too old for the role and didn't look at ALL like Tonya. In fact she made Tonya look like a beauty queen. She couldn't act her way out of a paper bag, either. I ended up fast-forwarding through most of it but I was curious to see how they would handle the Nancy Kerrigan scandal. I shouldn't have been surprised that it too was glossed over. Ugh, I wish I could get back the hour or so that I spent watching this movie and I hate that I wasted a rental on it. How this film is praised so much and received so many awards and recognition is way beyond me. Horrible, horrible movie. Enough said?

Apr 27, 2019

Not that good

Mar 03, 2019

Fabulous acting by Allison Janney (as Tonya's mother) and also Margot Robbie (as Tonya), but really all the acting was great. Tonya's mother was a monster in a way, but you could understand her motivation. The story is a perfect example of how people do the best they can based on how they are brought up.
I've averaged my rating to a 4; I'd give the movie a 3 and the acting a 5.

Feb 13, 2019

Awesome film! Love the cast! Alison Janney is great as LaVona!

Jan 28, 2019

I was impressed with this movie, far more than I thought I would be. It's emotionally complex, and deals honestly with social class issues, along with cultural expectations for the arts (e.g., figure skaters should be delicate and princess-like). I've seen a lot of reviewers who've said "you had to be there," but I disagree -- this might be a great film to discuss in your classroom.

Jan 05, 2019

If you were alive when this was happening, totally recommend. Well done.

ArapahoeKati Dec 13, 2018

What a ride! Funny. Dark. Awkward. Sad. You should see this film.

Nov 10, 2018

Poor Tonya never had a chance. With a mother from hell, a poor choice in the male gender and a lack of a yuppy aura she was condemned to be an also ran. The director wisely chooses the mode to be a "black comedy" as a straight version would be dragged to the depths by the level of bathos exhibited. One slight quibble - Margot Robbie is a bit too fine featured to be a good Tonya and the Tonya character should be (rightfully) a bit meaner.

Oct 20, 2018

When the event happened i watched the news and didn't think much of it. Now seeing the movies i realized how likable Tonya could be. Time changes my perspect on things, i guess.

VaughanPLDonnalee Oct 12, 2018

This is a fascinating and outstanding film. It is both very funny and profoundly sad. Both Margot Robbie as Tonya and Allison Janney as her terrible mother were both magnificent in the film. It is sad to see how manipulated Tonya was by the people around her, her mother, her boyfriend/husband and the skating officials. Both Tonya and Nancy were talented athletes, who were caught up in a storm of expectations and pressure. The film doesn't provide easy answers. Tonya doesn't appear as either all villain or all victim, but as a very complex character who many people tried to control.

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Feb 13, 2019

Tonya Harding: There's no such thing as truth. It's bullshit. Everyone has their own truth, and life just does whatever the fuck it wants.

Apr 11, 2018

Top Ten Questions Connie Chung Asked Tonya Harding - Letterman's Show on February 10, 1994

10. Would you walk through the metal detector one more time, please?
9. Do you think you could kick my ass?
8. Can you help me and Maury have a baby?
7. How much do you think your pals would charge to whack Dan Rather's knees?
6. What the hell is that cop on the edge thing?
5. Do you know Amy Fisher?
4. When he hit Nancy in the knee, did it sort of sound like 'Chunnnggg'?
3. Did you see the Beatles reunion on Letterman last night?
2. How many packs of cigarettes is a gold medal worth in prison?
1. Can you spell 'Gillooly'?

Apr 10, 2018

Quotes from mom:
Tonya's my 5th child from husband number 4. She was always a handful. And I guess we spoiled her. Which is a goddamned hat trick when you haven't got shit your entire life. Still, I drove her to competitions, practices. I sewed her all her costumes. But to her, her mother's a monster. Generally people either love Tonya or are... not big fans.
Just like people either love America or are not big fans. Tonya was totally American.
They want a wholesome American family? ... Well. It's not gonna be easy.. But I could pull that outta my ass.
I like your hair pulled back like that. You look young.
-I'm 23, mom.
I'm not here to tell you I told you so. I'm not..
-Why are you here? What do you want?
I want you to know... I don't know. That I am on your side.

Apr 10, 2018

I'm trying to skate and I keep... falling in front of everyone. While... Nancy gets her own private rink where someone catches her before she falls.
You're a taker. Every cent I made went to your skating and you took it. What do you want?
Well this was a stupid fxcking idea..
-Was anything I ever did good enough for you?
You were soft.
- At three?
I made you a fighter. You never had a chance...
-You fxcked with my head. You made me think I could skate best when my life was shxt. And now my life is shzt. You made that fzcking real for me. I don't want that!
You would've picked it in a heartbeat! You should be thanking me. Not blaming me.
-Did you...? I mean when I was a kid, did you ever love me? Or anything?
You think Sonia Henie's mother loved her? Poor fzckin' you. I didn't stay home making apple brown Bettys. No, I made you a champion! Knowing you'd hate me for it. That's the sacrifice a mother makes. I wish I had a mother like me. Instead of nice. Nice gets you shzt.

Apr 10, 2018

Look, Nancy gets hit one time and the whole world shits... For me it was an all-the-time occurrence.
But there's no smoking on the ice.
-Oh well, I'll smoke it quietly then.
I hit her one time, with a hairbrush.
She stands out because she looks like she chops wood every morning.
Yeah, and I waitress full time to pay for your coaching.
- Yes, but she's not my child.
I don't know, Tonnie. I would never be with someone who fzckin' hit me.
- You hit dad.
That's different.
You skated like a graceless bull dyke! I was embarrassed for you.
-I'm sorry.
Your father's not paying alimony ya know? Every penny I make, every penny goes to your skating. And you weren't even fzcking trying.
-I said I was sorry.
Don't talk back to me.
I don't know what to tell you. Marrying the first idiot who says you're pretty. You fzck dumb. You don't marry dumb.

Apr 10, 2018

I was loved for a minute, then I was hated. Then I was just a punch line.
But do you think that CBS who was showin' the games was gonna let this ginormous
ratings fxcker not happen?
Your Honor. I don't have an education. All I know is skating. That's all I know. And I.. I'm no one... If I can't skate... I'm not... I mean, I'm not some monster. I just... I'm trying to do the best in what I know how to. ... please. Please! Just send me to jail and then I can still skate! Just send me to jail and then I can still skate...!
The people still wanted to see me. So I became a lady boxer. I mean, why not? Violence was always what I knew anyway. America, you know... They want someone to love... but they want someone to hate. And they want it easy. But what's easy? And the haters always say, Tonya Tell the truth. But there's no such thing as truth. I mean it's bullshxt. Everyone has their own truth.


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Feb 13, 2019

Coarse Language: Pervasive language

Sexual Content: Several sex scenes.

Violence: Lots of domestic violence plus the violence against Nancy, of course.

Coarse Language: Lots of F-bombs and plenty of other swearing.

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Apr 24, 2018

Lucik32 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over


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